Anton Lembede () helped revitalize and provided much of the philosophical foundation for black resistance to white supremacy in South Africa in the. View the profiles of people named Anton Lembede. Join Facebook to connect with Anton Lembede and others you may know. Facebook gives people the power. Anton Musiwakhe Lembede (21 January – 30 July ) was a South African activist and founding president of the ANC Youth League.

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In he attended the wedding of Walter and Albertina Sisulu.

Lembede, who had just begun practicing law in Johannesburg, was known for his sharp intellect, fiery personality, and unwavering commitment to the struggle at hand. Remember me Forgotten password? Urbanization had brought masses of blacks together, far from their traditional home-lands.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He realised that the collaboration and cooperation with the patronising white leaders had only resulted in further discriminatory treatment.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Lembede became the league’s first president.

Timeline of Anton Lembede – Cyril Ramaphosa

But I shall labour for the birth of a new Africa, free and great among the nations of the world. Archived from the original on 5 August He never saw the success of Black activism that enabled Black South Africans to be treated equally. This document challenged the ANC to be more active and to set aside gentle debate. His untimely death in at the age of 33 sent a wave of grief through the Congress Youth, who had looked to lembdee for moral as well as political leadership.

Urban blacks, the league felt, needed more militant leadership.


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Their bravery and sense of sacrifice, however, outmatched the cruelties of the apartheid regime. It was Anton Lembede, however whom they chose as their first president. Lembede had a funeral with many notable attendees. Sadly, Lembede died prematurely on the 30 th of July at the age of As his editors concede, much of his thought was influenced by the biological determinism that was such a staple ingredient in the scientific racism that accompanied totalitarian nationalism.

As mentioned elsewhere, I cannot pinpoint a precise moment when I became politicised and knew with a sudden blinding flash that I would spend my life in the liberation struggle.

Lembede said “under the banner of Congress, African youth will triumphantly march to freedom — freedom within our lifetime”. After becoming involved in the student uprisings of the time, he went into exile in Lesotho in This reburial ceremony also reminds us on a personal level of the shock of his sudden death in July Lembede read widely and he would quote fascist leaders until Mda pointed out the racist policies that they espoused. However, his influence was shown when the moderate Xuma lost the presidency in to James Moroka who was more supportive of the Programme of Action presented by Lembede in the same year.

It was only when Anton turned 13 that he started his formal education at the Catholic Inkanyezi School. Lembede died suddenly in His father Mbazwana Martin was a farm labourer and his mother was a teacher.

He never saw the success of black activism that enabled black South Africans to be treated equally, since sadly he died inaged 33, of intestinal issues.

Stateswoman, Revolutionary and Pioneer.

Hoover Angon Press, Since then he has worked for organisations on peace and development issues. Lembede, however, insisted that direct action must be preceded by the development of a new philosophy and, more important, a new mentality among blacks. Lembede majored in Philosophy and Roman Law.


‘The hour of youth has struck!’: Anton Lembede and The Formation of the ANC Youth League

He and Mda would spend their free time holding debating games which stood them in both stead. We drove him to Coronation Hospital where he died that same lembefe at the young age of thirty-three.

Mda, Dan Tloome, and David Bopape. Views Read Edit View history. Karis Thomas llembede G. After the publication of Lembede’s collected works, one reviewer commented that the South African activist’s “ideas achieved canonical status in with the publication of Gail Gerhart’s Black Power in South Africa […] which accorded recognition to Lembede as a pioneering figure in an intellectual lineage that was later embodied in Robert Sobukwe and Steve Biko.

Lembede, who had just begun practicing law in Johannesburg, was known for his sharp intellect, fiery personality, and unwavering commitment to the struggle at hand. Nelson Mandela wrote, “One night in I met Anton Lembede, who held master of arts and bachelor of law degrees, and A.

Enter your username or email address and we’ll send you reset instructions Username or Email: Lembede was regarded as the architect of this important document. From the moment I heard Lembede speak I knew I was in the presence of a dynamic and original thinker and his ideas immediately struck a chord in me.

The Tambo Friday initiative seeks to deepen unity, promote an activist ANC and encourage cadre development.